Upcoming Words and Silly Acronyms

In this week’s segment of Care’s Upcoming Words (FWOFP = Forewarning of Future Posts), I present my most RRRRs:  recent reads requiring review as well as my ATTBRPTs:   Additions to Toppling To-Be-Read Pile Titles.    Enjoy!

I invited my nine year old neighbor boy to read a book with me and help me review it to give a kid’s perspective.   The book we chose was The Tale of Devereaux by Kate DiCamillo.  (Based on its length AND Bybee’s review!)   School starts in these here parts next week and his mother is insisting she read it first (what?!  – doesn’t she trust me?  how funny, that a running theme of this book is perfidy, ha hahahahaaaaa – if you’ve read this, you’ll get it, I think.  and yet, nevermind…)   Thus, it might be awhile, but I wanted to account for me reading it on my past list and request any review questions you might proffer.   

I also read A Curious State of Affairs:  A Novel about Life, Love and Loss by Jan Marshall and it deserves a thoughtful review.  (yep, ask me anything!)  It’s extremely British which was fun since it has so many terms I don’t know but assume could only be Brit slang?     And, finally, I’m in the middle of…   

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My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.  This is my first Picoult book and I want to talk about why I’ve been avoiding her and all the interesting reactions one gets when one says (or types) the name ‘Picoult’ these days.   This is a loaner from another neighbor and have already promised the previously mentioned neighbor that she gets it next.    A totally ‘nother neighbor is a huge Picoult fan and can’t wait to find out what I think!!!!   anyway.    

where was I?

This past weekend, I attended a small Maine town library’s book sale.  uh, WOW!!!!     There was a line to get in!   It was a social event of the summer!    It was fun!    Nothing like I expected, of course.    The small town Mass library book sales don’t generate that much excitement and yet, I really don’t know – I haven’t been to any.    My bad.

I bought:  Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter in paperback (Bantam Books, 13th printing ~1967?), A.S. Byatt’s The Matisse Stories (hardback, Random House 1993), and Robert James Waller’s The Bridges of Madison County  because, believe it or not!  I’ve never seen the movie.    I also influenced my aunt and cuz-in-law to buy a few other big titles which I can’t remember but I know I want to read someday;  the only one I know is in the stack is Neuromancer / Wm Gibson.    

I have also received via BookMooch the following:  Montana 1948 / Larry Watson and On the Occasion of my Last Afternoon / Kaye Gibbons.   I’m a-feared that my Mystic River request and the Wally Lamb books are LOST.   They were sent in July.   oh well.

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tbr with dog

So, please ask any questions you might want me to answer about The Tale of Devereaux (TTOD), A Curious State of Affairs (ACSOA), My Sister’s Keeper (MSK).     A book that missed the stack is The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve, but up next is HOME TOWN by Kidder.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!   Sincerely, Care

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6 Responses to “Upcoming Words and Silly Acronyms”


  1. 1 Julie August 27, 2008 at 7:46 am

    I’ve never read anything by Picoult either. My impression is that she is just too best-sellerish (hm, now that would make an interesting acronym…), but if you like it then maybe I’ll read it too.

    I think I know exactly what you mean by the term ‘bestsellerish’. Thanks!

  2. 2 Anna August 27, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who’s TBR pile is toppling!

    I enjoy Picoult’s books. I think what I like most about her is that she’ll take a subject that most people think is black and white and show you all the gray. At least that’s my experience with her books.

    Thank you Anna – I’ve been having dreams in gray, of late. I will give you heads up when I (finally) get this post written.

  3. 3 chartroose August 27, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Picoult, BLAH! I read “The Pact” years ago and wanted to slap her by the end of it. That was the last Picoult book I ever read. I haven’t read any of the books you want us to ask about, so I’ll think up a general book related question.

    What is your favorite read so far this year?

    My favorite read this year so far? Hmmmmm. I have so exceeded how many books I usually read that I will have to get back to you in a post. Great question, thank you.

  4. 4 bybee August 28, 2008 at 2:50 am

    What Chartroose said about Picoult! Except mine was “My Sister’s Keeper”.

    Don’t give up re Bookmooch! I despaired of ever receiving 2 books that I mooched from a woman in Poland and they arrived yesterday…they’d been traveling since June 7.

    I’m glad you found a kid to test-drive TOD…can’t wait to hear his thoughts.

    BYBEE – I’m emailing you – watch for it!!!!

  5. 5 lisamm August 31, 2008 at 11:33 am

    That’s quite a stack!!

    My girl Laura read The Tale of Despereaux last month and LOVED it. We are looking forward to the movie.

    My Sisters Keeper was my first (of only 2) Picoult books. I enjoyed it but hated the other one (Harvesting the Heart- blech). I look forward to hearing what you think.

    I read The HEart is a Lonely Hunter after Oprah picked it as one of her choices. I didn’t care for it but thinking back it was a weird time in my life, and that may have had a lot to do with it. I read Bridges of Madison County in one afternoon, with a box of tissue on the couch beside me. Loved it, tears-snot-and all.

    Thanks Lisa! I appreciate your comments. I just started The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – and you’re right, it’s ODD. but I have absolutely no expectations other than it’s supposed to be groundbreaking so I will probably be over-analyzing it!


  1. 1 Sort Of Review (But Not Really) My Sister’s Keeper « Care’s Online Book Club Trackback on September 5, 2008 at 6:50 pm

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